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ON THE SPOT
Jim Trotter
January 09, 2012
Defensive end Justin Smith figures to draw double teams, so outside linebacker Aldon Smith has to take advantage of the one-on-one blocking he's likely to get. The 6'4", 258-pound rookie from Missouri, who plays in passing situations, had at least one sack in five of his last seven games and finished with 14, tied for fifth in the league. He has excellent quickness, long arms and deceptive strength, and he gives coordinator Vic Fangio loads of flexibility in implementing his creative schemes. Whether blitzing or out of their base formation, the 49ers excelled at exploiting mismatches in 2011—thanks in large part to the Smiths.
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January 09, 2012

On The Spot

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Defensive end Justin Smith figures to draw double teams, so outside linebacker Aldon Smith has to take advantage of the one-on-one blocking he's likely to get. The 6'4", 258-pound rookie from Missouri, who plays in passing situations, had at least one sack in five of his last seven games and finished with 14, tied for fifth in the league. He has excellent quickness, long arms and deceptive strength, and he gives coordinator Vic Fangio loads of flexibility in implementing his creative schemes. Whether blitzing or out of their base formation, the 49ers excelled at exploiting mismatches in 2011—thanks in large part to the Smiths.

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